ERIC Number: ED193557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Student and Faculty Negativism in a Large University.
Durio, Helen F.; Thomas, Linda
The documentation of feelings of negativism and detachment among students and faculty in large universities or their relation to aptitude, achievement, categoric-demographic variables, and course-instructor evaluation, is limited. The pervasiveness of negativism was investigated on three scaled dimensions--(1) negativism toward the university, (2) instructor acceptance of student feedback, and (3) student acceptance of educational responsibility--among 1,545 students and 67 faculty members in a university of 45,000 students. Results from multiple regression and discriminant analysis supported the pervasiveness of student negativism across academic disciplines, sex, and ethnic groups. There was an inverse relationship between students' negative attitudes toward accepting educational responsibility and both academic achievement and scholastic aptitude. Faculty negativism across all scales appeared more prevalent among lower ranking untenured professors. Students and faculty perceived each other more negatively than they each viewed themselves. The effect of class size was seen differently by students and faculty, in that students felt their feedback was less valued in larger classes (above 92), while instructors of larger classes (above 55) indicated more acceptance of student feedback than those in smaller classes. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Alienation, College Faculty, College Students, Faculty College Relationship, Feedback, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Negative Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Responsibility, Student Teacher Relationship, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Corp., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Ontario, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).